To celebrate one of their ‘big’ birthdays, Rich and I took big sis and brother-in-law on holiday to Scotland early this Summer. Having ummed and ahhed about where to base ourselves to give them the opportunity to see as much as possible, we settled on Strathyre, in the Trossachs. One of the joys of driving in Scotland is the much quieter roads, at least away from the cities. Tis one of the few times that I genuinely enjoy being at the wheel. After stopping on the outskirts of Carlisle to do a big Tesco shop,  we arrived at Glenvarloch – our gorgeous holiday home for the week, late afternoon. We’d chosen this house as it provided plenty of space for everyone, including a big kitchen and separate seating areas – very necessary for those who need lots of quiet time!

After a quick stroll to explore the village and a small stretch of the Rob Roy Way trail which runs directly behind the house – yet another reason why we’d chosen it, we settled down to a delicious fish pie for dinner, cooked by sis. There are lots of little fishmongers, butchers and grocers in the area so eating well would not be a problem. This was my first visit to the Trossachs and already I was very pleasantly surprised, having expected it to be much busier and more touristy. In June it was perfect – not bad weather, and low season rates. I suspect that this won’t be our last visit.